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Cancer patient gets “dream” trip from foundation

Dreamer Stories | In the News | February 15, 2018

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG TV9 A Cedar Rapids woman got her “dream” come true on Thursday with an all-expenses paid trip to Florida from the Dream Foundation.

Maria Parbs gets her trip information from a representative of the Dream Foundation on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. That nonprofit provides trips for terminally-ill adults. (Dave Franzman/KCRG-TV9)
Maria Parbs, her mother and friends are going to Walt Disney World last this month. It was a request, granted to Parbs, by a national group that provides last wishes for terminally-ill adults.

The California-based Dream Foundation chose Parbs’ request back in December.

The prize package came on Thursday while Parbs, who has stage four cancer, was getting regular treatment at a Cedar Rapids clinic.

The idea behind the program is to offer end-of-life dreams that provide patients some comfort and closure.

Parbs says it’s also a chance to go somewhere she’d never been before while she still can.

“I’m going to Harry Potter World. I’ve always wanted to go there. Yeah, just basically have a fun few days,” she said.

Organizers say the nonprofit Dream Foundation began in the mid-1990s. The organization has provided about 27,000 “dream” trips since launching.